Prevent crime in teens by being a part of social life of the teen and making him understand your view point. Here is how you can help the teen feel safe and secure.
Crimes in our society are not a rarity anymore. You cannot turn a blind eye to it, and neither can you expect your teen to remain unaffected by it. Rather you need to take adequate measures so that your teen is safe and does not indulge in any criminal behaviour
. Help your teen grow up with all the challenges in life into a mature and responsible individual. Help him understand that there are risks around and he is expected to conform to certain behaviours. Explain that a person is considered to be a grown up individual when he acts responsibly and take accountability for his or her actions. These are some basic ways in which you can do your bit to prevent crimes in the teen
Communicate Your Concern Regarding Their Safety
Let your teen know that you care for them and are concerned about their well-being. But keep in mind, that your approach should not be an intrusive one, or border on obsession. Give space to your teen and be honest with your approach. Let them know that when they are going about or are out, you need to know about it, as you will be able to help if there is any trouble. Your genuine, firm but casual approach will help your teen be honest with you as well. Assure them that you are there for help should they experience any crime or fear any.
Teach Anger Management Techniques
Teenage is a volatile stage. The hormones are racing and so is the temper. With a disturbed external environment, presence of peer pressure, the teen can be in a real foul mood at a given point of time. Even a small issue can result in tempers flaring up from all sides and the consequence is neither healthy nor desirable. So encourage the teen develop some habits that will help him control his emotions why they fly off the handle. But then do not give the impression that anger is something bad, help them understand that being angry is natural, and it is equally important that the anger be controlled.
Teach the Teen the Importance of Peace
For this, make sure that you have a peaceful atmosphere at home. If the teen finds himself in a disturbed family environment filled with tension, he will not understand the need and importance of retaining peace and calm, even if you endlessly preach on it. Let him see and learn that conflicts and issues can be resolved effectively in peace through open communication too. A peaceful environment automatically renders a positive impact on the mind of the teen and he will readily learn to value it as well.
Note Whether the Teen Is Bullied
It is often found that teens engage in criminal acts when they are bullied as a sort of retaliation, or they get involved in bullying. Either way, the objective is to stop bullying. If your teen has turned a bully, you will note certain obvious signs in his like, sudden and uncontrolled aggression, with or without provocation. And if the teen is being bullied, he will turn distant and withdraw into a shell. Keep an eye for these behavioural changes and immediately sit with the teen to understand the actual situation.
Finally, help the teen feel safe and secure. The natural vulnerability of the teenage often makes the teens to indulge in various criminal activities as they crave for attention, affection and be acknowledged. Enhance the social life of the teen. Make him an active participant of communities and functions. Help him develop and improve his social skills and feel himself as a member of the community.
Last but not the least, help him understand that each member of the society is accountable for his respective behaviour and no one can get away by committing a certain crime. Teach him the importance of being a law abiding citizen. Help him understand in detail the various acts that are considered to be criminal offenses and he needs to stay away from groups indulging in them, and report to you if he is experiencing any in his respective environment.